FC Barcelona News: 11 May 2014; Andres Iniesta Celebrates 30th Birthday, Barcelona B Lose to Sabadell

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FC Barcelona are en route to Alicante | FC Barcelona
The first team are currently en route to Alicante to play this evening against Elche (7:00 PM CET). Tata Martino decided to take the entire team, with the exception of Valdés, given the importance of the match. The flight is scheduled to touch down at 11:00 AM CET, and upon arrival the team will make its way to NH Alicante Hotel, where the players will rest ahead of the match at Martínez Valero Stadium.

Happy 30th birthday, Andrés Iniesta! | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta is 30 this Sunday, and he does so with over 500 first team appearances for Barça already under his belt, a figure he reached against Athletic Bilbao last April 9. And shortly after that, he got his 50th goal, and it came in the clásico against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Martino delighted to be proved wrong | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino spoke about the surprise turnaround in affairs at today’s press conference. "We are aware that we’ve been handed a unique opportunity" he said. "But the games still have to be played. You can’t just assume we’re going to win because that would be disrespectful to our two remaining opponents".

Barca must not miss this unexpected chance by Francesc Tomas - ESPN FC
Barcelona will be La Liga champions if they win their two remaining matches, away at Elche and at home against Atletico Madrid. It's an unlikely situation, especially after under-pressure manager Gerardo Martino and club captain Xavi blamed a lack of competitiveness, bad luck, injuries suffered and many below-par performances for their disappointing season.

First anniversary of 100 point league | FC Barcelona
It was approaching midnight on 11 May 2013 when the game at Cornellà-El Prat drew to a close, and Espanyol’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid confirmed that their neighbours had won the league. It was FC Barcelona’s 22nd title and the fourth in five years, and was just reward after a troubled season.

Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert visit the FC Barcelona Museum | FC Barcelona
The two former Formula 1 divers Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert visited the FC Barcelona Museum this afternoon. Coinciding with the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Catalunya Circuit, Hill and Herbert, who now commentate for the British network Sky Sports, are filming a report about the most emblematic places in the city of Barcelona.

CE Sabadell-Barça B: Insufficient reaction (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Eusebio Sacristán’s Barça B were unable to extend their home on the road streak as they were defeated by 2 to 1 by Sabadell. In a hard-fought match, the home team took the lead thanks to Aníbal before Dongou scored the equaliser.

Ronaldo out of Real's game at Celta Vigo | Eurosport
The Portugal captain, who has been struggling with minor injuries in recent weeks, limped out of Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid with an apparent thigh strain.  With the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 24 looming, it had been decided not to risk aggravating the injury, Ancelotti told a news conference.  "Cristiano Ronaldo is not playing tomorrow because he is not at 100 percent and I prefer not to take risks," Ancelotti said.

Villarreal back to winning ways | Sky Sports Football
Ikechukwu Uche knocked in the opener after 22 minutes, while Bruno Sioriano extended the hosts' advantage shortly before half-time. Jonathan Pereira hit a third early in the second period and Jaume Costa added another 10 minutes later, after Rayo defender Anaitz Arbilla had been given a straight red card.

Levante 2-0 Valencia | ESPNFC.com
Angel and Andreas Ivanschitz grabbed second-half goals as 10-man Levante moved above local rivals Valencia in the Primera Division with a 2-0 win at Ciutat de Valencia. Rodriguez finally broke the deadlock in the 70th minute having only just come off the bench, with Ivanschitz doubling their lead nine minutes from time to ensure there was no way back for Los Che even though Pedro Lopez was given his marching orders in the closing stages.

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